Fortunately, Swiss company Vestergaard Frandsen has come up with a wonderful product known as LifeStraw which has enabled tens of thousands of people from less developed countries access to drinkable water since 2005.
A user simply sucks at the top opening of LifeStraw, similar to drinking from a normal straw. Water entersLifeStraw from the bottom, passes through filters which stops particles > 0.2 microns. Filtered, clean water is then consumed by the user at the top opening. Simple and elegant solution isn't it ? :)
Not only is the design simple, Life Straw outer shell is made with durable plastic and is ultra portable too. Weighing just 2 ounces (56.7grams), 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) long and about an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter, we can carry it around easily during our hiking, backpacking, cruise trip.
LifeStraw contains no chemical, is Bisphenol A (BPA) free (yes, it is safe for infants!), has no moving parts, doesn't use batteries and can be stored indefinitely (Previous versions of LifeStraw has a shelf-life of about 3 to 5 years) ! Wait, wait, before you think that you can buy a LifeStraw and use it forever, here's the catch. It can be stored indefinitely, doesn't mean it can be used indefinitely. ;)
Life Straw can be used to filter about 1,000 litres (264 gallons) of water (At 2.7 litres/day, it can last for a year). The next question that pops up in my head is, "How do I know that it has filtered 1,000 litres of water??" Luckily, this is taken care of. LifeStraw will simply stop drawing water through the filter after 1,000 litres of use.
Let's take a break now and enjoy the LifeStraw demonstration video below.
LifeStraw can be purchased from eartheasy.com However, it is currently available for Canda and United States only.
International buyers can purchase from Amazon.com instead.
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Writer: Ang Tze Wei
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